We’re building excitement! Learn about the Indoor Activities Center Core Planning Group

Skip to main content

Orono STRIVE

Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono High School students.  This program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA, and participation.

Mentors are not tutors, but are there to offer support, encouragement and assistance. Students and mentors meet once a month for 75 minutes during the lunch hour and talk about how school is going as well as their future goals and plans. Meetings also include presentations on topics relevant to life after high school – college, careers, finances, etc.

Want to get involved?

Fill out the Adult Volunteer Application form and contact Genna Torney at 952-449-8338 x6350.

Volunteer Screening Procedures:

  • A written application- including references
  • Background check
  • Interview
  • Mentor training

Expectations of Mentors

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Talk with your mentee as to the amount of communication/contact he/she’d like in addition to the monthly meetings and the best way to communicate
  • Notify the meeting facilitator for your school and your mentee if you cannot make a monthly meeting
  • Work with your student to find a mutually agreeable time if a make-up is necessary

Expectations of Students

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Talk with your mentor as to the amount of communication/contact you’d like in addition to the monthly meetings and the best way to communicate
  • Participate in conversations and topics addressed

Attendance

  • Notify Genna Torney (gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us) and your mentor if you cannot make a monthly meeting in advance of 24 hours, unless an emergency occurs.
  • Three absences will be allowed throughout the school year
  • Make up meetings are encouraged if it works for you and your mentor to meet at a different time.
MENU